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The NFL's greatest games
 
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 1950 NFL Championship
Dec. 24, 1950: Cleveland Browns 30, Los Angeles Rams 28
In their first season in the NFL after coming over from the All-American Football Conference, the Browns reached the title game behind quarterback Otto Graham. The Rams scored on an 82-yard bomb on the game's first play and led 28-20 early in the fourth. But Graham connected with Rex Bumgardner, who made a diving catch, to make it 28-27. Later, the Browns got the ball back with two minutes remaining. Graham's 19-yard run keyed the winning drive, as Lou Groza booted a 16-yard field goal with 28 seconds left.

1958 NFL Championship
Dec. 28, 1958: Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17 (OT)
The first overtime game in championship history propelled the NFL into the television era. The Colts led 14-3 at halftime as two Frank Gifford fumbles led to touchdowns. The Giants took the lead before Johnny Unitas drove the Colts into field-goal range in the final seconds of regulation. Steve Myhra's 20-yarder sent the game into OT. After a New York punt, the Colts ran off a 13-play drive, capped by Alan Ameche's one-yard plunge. Call it a plunge into history as the TV industry fell in love with the sport.

1967 NFL Championship
Dec. 31, 1967: Green Bay Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
It was 13 degrees below zero at game time, which is why this classic is called the Ice Bowl. Oh, there was also a 15-mph wind. The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but the Cowboys scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a halfback option pass from Dan Reeves to make it 17-14. The Packers drove to the one-yard line with a minute left. Two plays netted nothing. With no timeouts and 20 seconds left, the Packers disdained a field goal. Quarterback Bart Starr kept the ball, running behind Jerry Kramer for the winning touchdown.

Super Bowl III
Jan. 12, 1969: New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7
"I think we'll win it; in fact I'll guarantee it," Joe Namath said three days before the game. His Jets from the AFL were 18-point underdogs to the NFL Colts. But Namath cemented his legend when the Jets did win, giving the AFL the credibility it deserved.

John Elway
In 1998, John Elway finally won his Super Bowl.

1981 AFC playoff game
Jan. 2, 1982: San Diego Chargers 41, Miami Dolphins 38 (OT)
The Orange Bowl has hosted many memorable games, but none better than this one. Dan Fouts and the high-powered San Diego offense led 24-0 after one quarter. The Dolphins fought back, scoring right before the half on a hook-and-lateral play to make it 24-17. It goes back and forth and ends up 38-38 after regulation. Kellen Winslow, who delivered one of the most inspirational individual performances in history with 13 catches for 166 yards, blocks a potential game-winning field goal before Rolf Benirschke's 29-yarder 13:52 into OT finally wins it for the Chargers. Winslow, towels draped over him, has to be helped off the field, unable to walk.

1981 NFC Championship
Jan. 10, 1982: San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27
The Catch. On a drive that began at his own 10-yard line, Joe Montana drove the Niners to the Dallas six with under a minute to go. Third down. Montana rolls right and finds a leaping Dwight Clark at the back of the end zone. One dynasty ends, another begins as the 49ers go on to win their first Super Bowl. Would he still be Joe Montana if he hadn't completed the pass?

1992 AFC playoffs
Jan. 3, 1993: Buffalo Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38 (OT)
The greatest comeback in NFL history -- and it came in a playoff game. The Oilers built a 35-3 lead early in the third quarter but backup quarterback Frank Reich, replacing an injured Jim Kelly, rallied the Bills with five TDs. The Oilers tie the score to force OT, but Steve Christie's field goal wins it for Buffalo.

Super Bowl XXXII
Jan. 25, 1998: Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24
Most Super Bowls have been stinkers, but this one was a classic between two terrific teams. Who can forget John Elway's third-quarter run for a first down, which ended with him being spun into the air. With 3:27 left and the score tied 24-24, the Broncos took over at midfield. A 23-yard pass to Howard Griffith and a 17-run by Terrell Davis set up Davis' winning plunge, his third score of the game. The AFC snapped a 13-game losing streak and Elway had his ring.
 




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